"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. THE PEOPLE themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." "I consider THE PEOPLE who constitute a society or nation as the source of ALL AUTHORITY in that nation." Thomas A. Jefferson
How did the Founding Fathers put the government in the hands of the people so the people could govern themselves?
Here are twelve things the Founding Fathers did to put the government into the hands of the people:
1. Drew up a written Constitution, telling government officials what they could and could not do.
2. Required the elected officials to take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution
3. Divided the main power into three heads, so all the authority would not be in one person or one committee.
4. They made Congress the law making body because it consist of several members elected by the people.
5. Required a journal to be kept of all proceedings and made it open to public view.
6. Established two governments, The Federal Government to govern the nation as a whole and the State Government to govern the States and be closer to the people’s watchful eye.
7. Gave the people the right to vote
8. Gave the people the right to peacefully assemble.
9. Gave the people the right to voice their grievances.
10. Set up a court system consisting of the Supreme Court, the Federal Courts and the State Courts to protect the people’s rights.
11. Provided an impeachment process.
12. Considered all laws passed fraudulently to be null and void.
EACH HAS A JOB TO DO:
The President scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the NATION.
The Senate scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the STATE.
The House of Representatives scrutinizes THE LAWS as to how good they are for the PEOPLE.
The Supreme Court scrutinizes THE LAWS to see that they go according to the CONSTITUTION.
THE PEOPLE ARE TO MAKE SURE ALL THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS RIGHT.
We are a free country. Our government is one of the people, by the people and for the people.
May it ever remain free, it is up to the people to decide.
From more information on the U. S. Constitution and its meaning, purchase Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s great book, The Making of America, the Substance and Meaning of the Constitution.
Only an educated citizenry can remain free.
Linda N. Hackett